Games of the Century, Flying Pigs and Joey Heisman: Five Memorable LSU-Alabama Games | USL

LSU and Alabama meet on Saturday in another important game in this long rivalry that began in 1895. The Crimson Tide hold a 55-26-5 series lead, including a 29-9-2 mark at Baton Rouge (the Tigers actually have one more win in Tuscaloosa than they have against Bama here). The winner takes control but is not guaranteed to win SEC West with one month remaining until the SEC Championship game. Considering how well Alabama has dominated this rivalry, winning 10 of the last 11 meetings, it’s worth remembering that LSU has won some of its biggest wins over the Crimson Tide. Here are five of the most memorable:

November 6, 1993

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Alabama 13

A headline in Mobile Register that day reflected the seemingly impossible task LSU faced against No. 5-ranked Alabama: “Tide Might Lose, Pigs Might Steal.” Five weeks after being humiliated 58-3 by Florida, LSU’s most lopsided loss, the 3-5 Tigers were a 25-point underdog in Tuscaloosa against the Crimson Tide, who were riding a 31-game unbeaten streak after won the national title in 1992. After a scoreless first half, Jay Johnson and Robert Toomer scored on a pair of 2-yard runs to spark LSU’s most stunning upset. It was the Tigers’ biggest win under coach Curley Hallman, who grew up across the river from Tuscaloosa in Northport and later played at Texas A&M under Bama coach Gene Stallings.

November 4, 2000

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Alabama 28

“We have a saying,” Crimson Tide wide receiver Quincy Jackson quipped in 1998 after another Bama win at Tiger Stadium. “The Tide does not lose in Baton Rouge.” But under then-LSU freshman coach Nick Saban, Alabama’s 14-0-1 unbeaten streak at Tiger Stadium dating back to 1971 finally ended, thanks in part to a scoreboard replay. Alabama received the ball after a punt from Domanick Davis, but replays (not under the rule in effect at the time) on video boards at Tiger Stadium convinced game officials that Erin Damond recovered for LSU at his 14th birthday, helping preserve the Tigers. 23-21′ in the fourth quarter.

November 3, 2007

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Alabama 34

When Saban, who left LSU for the Miami Dolphins after the 2004 season, left the Dolphins for Alabama in December 2006, this game instantly became the “Saban Bowl”. Tied 34-34 with less than three minutes left, Chad Jones sacked John Parker Wilson and forced a fumble, setting up Jacob Hester’s game-winning touchdown with 1:26 to go. The win kept the Tigers on course for the BCS National Championship.

November 5, 2011


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The first regular-season No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown in LSU history has been billed as the game of the century between the top-ranked Tigers and the Crimson Tide. In a game that featured 28 NFL draft picks combined, both defenses dominated in a hard-hitting contest. Neither team was able to cross the goal line as the game went to overtime tied at 6-6. After Alabama missed a field goal, Drew Alleman’s 25-yarder won it, sparking a wild celebration as the Tigers raced across the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium. It was one of the great moments in LSU football history, but the celebration proved to be short-lived. Alabama got their ultimate revenge with a 21-0 victory in the BCS National Championship game in New Orleans two months later.

November 9, 2019

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Alabama 41

This 1-on-2 game was the stark contrast to the 2011 game, a duel of highly rated quarterbacks leading prolific offenses: Tigers’ Joe Burrow and Crimson Tide’s Tua Tagovailoa. The Bama quarterback, playing on a surgically repaired ankle, threw for 418 yards and four touchdowns to Burrow’s 393 yards and three scores. But Tagovailoa committed two costly turnovers, a fumble on Bama’s first drive and a Patrick Queen interception that set up a touchdown pass from Burrow to Clyde Edwards-Helaire for a 33-13 LSU lead just before half. -time. Edwards-Helaire scored four total touchdowns as LSU snapped an eight-game losing streak against Bama, keeping the Tigers on course for the national championship and securing the Heisman Trophy for Burrow. “They beat us for eight years,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said afterwards. “We’ve had enough of hearing their stuff, man. It was time.”

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